Loss of sponsor could close Ohio e-school of 12K students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sponsor of one of the nation's largest online charter schools says it's cutting that tie, which could halt the Ohio e-school's operations for its roughly 12,000 students within days.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's staff and students already knew it might close mid-school-year, but for a different reason. ECOT had warned it could run out of money because of state efforts to recoup $60 million in disputed funding amid a legal fight to be heard next month by the Ohio Supreme Court.

ECOT's sponsor, the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, says its decision to end sponsorship stemmed from the school's financial troubles.

ECOT can appeal the decision. An ECOT spokesman says it's working with the sponsor to find a solution and striving to keep the e-school open.